Sequels Galore: Writer Evan Goldberg claims sequels for THE GREEN HORNET and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS are very real possibilities

Tim Sweeney

by: Tim Sweeney
January 11th, 2011

Big budget blockbusters are no longer single entities. If your film brings in cash, the studios will want a follow-up. I am guessing the makers of THE GREEN HORNET are expecting huge things at the box office, because they are already talking a GREEN HORNET sequel.

When asked whether the creators had thought about a follow-up film, writer Evan Goldberg insisted they had. “You don’t make a movie like this without considering the sequel. Yeah, we have the whole plot planned out, which is kind of what we would have done in the first place.”

But why stop there? Goldberg has gone on to state that he is warming up to the idea for a sequel to PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, another screenplay he penned. He claims that he originally considered a crossover sequel between PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and SUPERBAD, but later deemed it a “terrible idea.” I actually might have been interested to see if Seth Rogen could balance two roles like Peter Sellers in DR. STRANGELOVE.

Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz have both expressed interest in a GREEN HORNET sequel; Rogen claims he is interested in it if the first film rakes it in at the box office, while Diaz says she wants to return because she loves filming action scenes. GREEN HORNET director, Michel Gondry, claims the creative minds “have some ideas” for a sequel, but nothing is certain. It is tough to imagine a creative mind like Gondry getting tied to a franchise. He loves to experiment and keeps looking for new inventive projects. In fact, on January 13th, Gondry will direct an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

I really don’t see the need for a PINEAPPLE EXPRESS sequel, but if they think they have the material, all power to them. As far as THE GREEN HORNET goes, it is not that I expected a tragic ending to the first film, but I lose a bit of suspense knowing that Rogen and Diaz are talking about a sequel. In the post-Hays Code film era, films could probably do a better job concealing their endings. I would love it if someone made a superhero film, talked about a sequel, only to surprise everyone with the hero’s death in the original. Where is Hitchcock when you need him?

Promises of sequels have never moved me. I am still waiting for my promised sequel to THE ROCKETEER. Laugh if you must, but it was one of the most underrated films of the nineties and its box office failure guaranteed no more films based of the serials of the 30s, 40s, and 50s would be made again. Okay, I will get off my soapbox now.

Sources Showbiz Spy, Slash Film, Digital Spy, Indiewire, Examiner

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